The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Review

In 1967 we see the DiMeo crime family adapting as riots break out in Newark after ra black taxi driver is assaulted by police officers, throwing everything into chaos.


The opening scene we are taken through a graveyard and to the grave of Christopher Moltisanti who is going to tell us all a story of how his father Dickie was involved with the families and his life (the good and the bad of the man) while showing Tony Soprano as a boy and then a teen. How much the relationship and breakdown of it with his Uncle Dickie would possible shape the future Boss?

The interesting aspect was the influence of the riots from the black people and how this also caused clashes with the Italian Americans, especially within certain areas of Newark. A little bit of a shame that this was a huge part of the story and then fizzled out.

Well, that was what I was expecting with the film and the story but in an actual fact we don’t really get too much about Tony at all, nothing new anyway and a lot of the film flatters to deceive really. It doesn’t manage to capture the brilliance and style of the incredible TV series which was always going to be such a huge task.

I felt the biggest issue with this film is how it has been marketed around it being looking at the younger years of Tony Soprano and with “who made Tony Soprano” across some of the posters. That is not the film that we are actually given as it is very much focused on Dickie Moltisanti who is Tony’s uncle and father to Christopher. In fact we don’t really get all that much of Tony or nothing that sets the world on fire linking it to one the greatest tv series’ of all time.

I was impressed with some of the casting choices for the characters that we knew so well from the six seasons and that was quite impressive as it didn’t take much to know who was who. The biggest plus and brightest spark of the film had to be the performance from Alessandro Nivola who really was extremely impressive, he deserves so much credit as he really does carry the film. A shame that I haven’t seen many things praising him and the focus is truly on Michael Gandolfini who is taking on his late fathers role.

I guess as a Sopranos fan it was always going to be difficult to capture that magic again, especially in a prequel. But it also raises the question on how this film will come across to those who haven’t watched the show?

The way it was left truly screams sequel.

2 thoughts on “The Many Saints of Newark (2021) Review

  1. Ha! In answer to your question – “How the film comes across to someone whose not seen the show” – I posted my review last night here – I actually came to the same rating as you…. An OK watch but nothing special. But you clearly picked up on stuff I didn’t… I didn’t appreciate the narrator was Christopher for example.


  2. Actually, I just had a revelation… that “Moltisanti” is “Many Saints” in Italian…. so although you expect the film to focus on Tony Soprano from the marketing, the film’s title actually tells you what you should expect! (I am probably the last person who’s looked at this film to realize this!! 🙂 )


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